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The next meeting of

 The Cleveland Aquarium Society:


There will be no November regular meeting.

Happy Thanksgiving!


 Due to holiday scheduling conflicts the regular November & December meetings

will not be held at the Zoo.  We will be scheduling special events soon. Stay tuned!  


December Special Events!


Tues. Dec. 2th, 7pm-8:45pm

CAS History Night


The Euclid Public Library

 in the "Lake" room

If you want to learn more about our society's 80+ year history,

stop in and take a look at a few of the things we have in our archive.

Visit Euclid Public Library



 Sunday Dec. 14th, 1-6pm

We will be an exhibitor


R.A.B. Expo.

Small Animal and Exotics

Sachsenheim Hall

7001 Denison Ave,

Cleveland, Ohio 44102

Visit RAB Expo.



We have monthly raffles at our regular meetings. 

 Raffle Grand Prize: Aqueon 10 gal. aquarium (black)

Visit Aqueon Aquarium Products


Member Door Prize: TetraMin Tropical Crisps 1.16 oz.

Visit Tetra

(Join CAS. One lucky member wins a prize every meeting just for showing up!)

  The  Society usually meets on the forth Friday of each month 

in the Cleveland Metropark Zoo’s Education Building.

(No meeting in July)

(Come and check us out for free!  Visitors are always welcome.) 



Interesting Articles


"Hawaii council postpones action on aquarium fish"

"KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii —A Hawaii County Council committee postponed action

on a bill regulating the shipping of aquarium fish, ..."

From KITV4 News Hawaii postpones action on aqua. fish.


"Growing Coral to Keep a Sea Claim Above Water"

"TOKYO — Amid warnings that rising sea levels caused by global warming could lead to

the disappearanceof some entire island states, ..."

From the New York Times Japan Growing Coral...


"Evolution's Baby Steps" by Carl Zimmer"

 "If you explore our genealogy back beyond about 370 million years ago, it gets fishy.

Our ancestors back then were aquatic vertebrates that breathed through gills and swam with fins."

 "Evolution's Baby Steps"


Ocassionally, we wil be posting videos.

(It's under 2 minutes.)

Baby Fish -Staying Alive.


November 2014 Special Event!

 CAS History Night at

The Euclid Public Library

 Wed. Nov. 5th, 7pm-8:45pm

  in the "Shore" room

 If you want to learn more about our society's 80+ year history,

 stop in and take a look at a few of the things we have in our archive.


September 2014 meeting

In the Zoo's Aquarium Bldg. 

 Raffle Grand Prize: Aqueon 10 gal. aquarium (black)

 Visit Aqueon Aquarium Products


 Member Door Prize: TetraMin Tropical Crisps 1.16 oz.

 Visit Tetra


August 2014 meeting

Open Topic

Roundtable Discussions

Raffle Grand Prize:  Deep Blue 10 gal. aquarium w/dark silicone

Visit Deep Blue Professional


Member Door Prize:  HBH flake food 2oz.

Visit The New HBH


June 2014 meeting

Open Topic

Roundtable Discussions

Tell us what's going on in your tank!

Raffle Grand Prize:  Aqueon 10 gal. aquarium (black)

Visit Aqueon Aquarium Products


Member Door Prize:  Penn Plax -Pro Balance Spirulina Flake 1oz.

Visit Penn Plax


May 2014 meeting


Dean Mersinas

He will be introducing a new program about his

breeding programs

featuring all new, never before seen photographs.

Raffle Grand Prize:  Aqueon 10 gal. aquarium (black)

Visit Aqueon Aquarium Products


Member Door Prize:  Wardley Total SpectraMax flake food with

Powerbursts! (1 oz.)

Visit Wardley


April 2014 meeting

Home Aquarist Q&A Night

This is the day to get all of your (fish) questions answered

and win some great prizes.


-Blackworms will be available.   YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN CONTAINER.

-2 pairs of breeding red Jewel Cichlids are available if there is interest, go to the forum.

Raffle Grand Prize:  Aqueon 10 gal. aquarium (black)

Visit Aqueon Aquarium Products


Member Door Prize:  ZooMed Spirulina 20 flakes (0.5oz.)

Visit ZooMed


March 2014 meeting



by Orin McMonigle

Orin will discuss five different types of invertebrates that have eight or more legs each. All of them are suitable for keeping in an Insectarium or a home display. All are available from captive breeding so there is no impact on natural populations.


Also, I heard from a trusted souce that

-Mr. Bernot may get another BAP award.  Come see his Ameca Splendens (commonly known as Butterfly Goodeids) fry.


-Mr. Davis will be exhibiting his Emperor Tetras (Nematobrycon palmeri).

Raffle Grand Prize:  Aqueon 10 gal. aquarium (black)

Visit Aqueon Aquarium Products


Member Door Prize:  Omega One Veggie Flakes (1oz.)

Visit Omega Sea


February 2014 meeting

Do you have a glass heater?

Has the glass ever turned brown near the heating element?

We will have an example at the meeting along with a discusion.

Raffle Grand Prize:  Aqueon 50W submersible heater.

Member Door Prize:  TetraMin Tropical Crisps


Meeting Notes

-The monthly meeting of The Cleveland Aquarium Society was held at 7:30 pm on a cold (low 20's) and snowy Tuesday evening, February 4th, 2014, in the Cleveland MetroPark Zoo's Education Building.

-The meeting was opened by our President, Mr. Byrer.  Mr. Byrer told us that he has kept his blackworms alive for a month.  He explained his method of keeping them and an interesting discussion followed.

-Mr. Bozic brought in a 100 watt glass heater because the glass around the heating element was starting to turn brown.  Some members had seen heaters in that condition before and shared their ideas about what was happening and why.

-Mr. Bozic also shared a photo of a flower on his anubias plant which is in his 125 gal. aquarium.

-We then took a look at the updates to our website and facebook page and watched a video that introduced us to rare tropical aquarium fish.  Here is the link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ilw1p0FmvI.

-Member Door Prize Winner (TetraMin Tropical Crisps): Mr. Davis

-Raffle Grand Prize Winner (Aqueon 50W submersible heater): Mr. Davis

-Exhibitions: Emperor Tetras by Mr. Davis
                      Pink Neon Guppies by Mr. Hitchlock
                      Half Black Iridescent Red Guppies by Mr. Hitchlock

T. Bozic, CAS Member




We have making some changes with our current website.  We have added a full feature user forum that is available to both registered users and our club members.  Registration is free and only requires an email address.  Come on in and check it out and tell us little about yourself.  Click HERE:

For new aquarists, fellow club members can offer a wealth of advice born of years of experience.  They can save you (and your fish) from many of the beginner’s mistakes that can wipe out an entire tank and leave you frustrated and discouraged.  Club raffles and auctions can help you build up your collection of livestock, plants, food, and equipment at rock-bottom prices (and you’ll be helping the club at the same time.)  Club members can suggest types of equipment (or at least what to avoid); tell you which shops have the best deals, the healthiest fish, or the widest selection; and walk you through various solutions to problems you may run into. 


For experienced hobbyists, clubs can help you network so that you can finally get your hands on a hard-to-obtain species.  More advanced members (or those who specialize in a particular family) can give you tips on breeding and other more complex aspects of the hobby.  Horticulture and breeder award programs can provide challenges and keep you interested in the hobby. Finally, club members provide an attentive audience for your “fish stories.”  Your friends might not understand what’s so amusing about the killifish that’s in love with your cory catfish, but other “fish people” will get a chuckle out of the tale.  


There is much that you can learn from other club members, and much that you can offer, regardless of your experience level.  Old hands love to help newbies… any reason to run our mouths about our favorite fish is a good one!  Because the Cleveland Aquarium Society is an all-species club, it will give you the opportunity to learn about a variety of species and different aspects of the hobby that you might not have heard of otherwise.  And, of course, it’s fun.  You can hang out with a diverse group of people who have an interest in common and maybe make some new friends out of the deal. 

Click here for directions: Google Maps


More Fish to Avoid


More fish to avoid: dyed and injected fish

As I've mentioned before, there are very few laws regarding aquarium fish except for those pertaining to native, invasive, or protected species. As a result, fish are frequently subjected to a variety of cruel practices such as neglect, too-small tanks, torture (there are many U-Tube videos of people pitting piranha against large cichlids in a twisted "cage match"), and, the topic of this article, injections of dye.

The process and why it is cruel:

Originally, it was believed that artificially colored fish were painted, fed color-enhancing foods, or kept in water that was heavily dyed, depending on the desired effect. Further research has proven this to be a pleasant fantasy. According to Practical Fishkeeping, research and other evidence has proven that dyed fish are injected with a syringe or, in some instances, colored with a dye laser.

Fish that are injected with a needle are subjected to punctures which, to a human, are equivalent to the diameter of a pencil. Though possibly less brutal, the dye laser also injures the epidermis. Both methods leave the fish susceptible to infections due to the open wounds, the fact the hundreds of fish are injected with the same needle, and the horrific stress of the procedure.

Some individuals have tried to argue that fish do not feel pain. However, recent research (and common sense) suggests that this claim is utterly false (explore the Practical Fishkeeping link for evidence).

As this all takes place on Asian fish farms, it's difficult to get accurate mortality rates for artificially colored fish. They are understandably reluctant to release this particular information. I've seen claims for up to 80%, which wouldn't surprise me for some of the smaller species (like tetras, barbs, and corydoras cats). However, I suspect that it's somewhat lower for larger, hardier fish such as Oscars and parrot fish.

Which fish are dyed?

While the trend started back in the late 1980's with "painted" glassfish (which are actually injected), it has expanded to include many other clear, pale, or albino fish. The most obviously artificial fish may be white mollies (pictured) and "kissing" gouramis that are tattooed with patterns, words, or symbols.

Some other alterations are less apparent because the entire fish takes on the artificial color and people who are new to the hobby may believe that these gaudy hues are natural (especially since nature has produced so many brilliantly colored fish). The most common examples of this in our area seem to be "jellybean" parrotfish and "blueberry" tetras and Oscars. However, many other fish fall victim to this deplorable practice. For a complete list, explore the links I have posted at the end of this article.

One Exception

You may have seen GloFish ® in area stores. While not "natural," per say, GloFish ® are not injected or otherwise harmed to achieve their neon colors. Their story is actually quite interesting: Scientists isolated the genes that cause some types of corals and anemones to fluoresce and injected them into zebra danio eggs. The resultant fry (and later, adult fish) carry the gene for fluorescence in their DNA and remain brilliantly colored for their entire lives. When GloFish® breed with other GloFish® their offspring are likewise neon. This coloration is as "natural" as such a thing can be and does no harm to the fish. Many serious hobbyists shun these artificial creations as a matter of principle, but I see no real ethical argument against them.

What can we do?

Most importantly DO NOT BUY artificially colored fish. If there is no demand, shops won't order them and suppliers will stop creating them. That will be easier and more effective than any law that could be put into effect.

If you come across fish that have been dyed or injected in a shop, politely request the opportunity to speak with the owner or manager on duty. Ask if they realize that the fish have been artificially dyed (sometimes they don't know). Explain the process and why it is cruel. You could tell them about this page or the link I have provided at the bottom if they want more information.

Be calm, polite, and understanding because they may not realize how cruel the practice is and, even if they do, they may not have ordered the artificial fish to begin with. You see, suppliers often send substitutions without asking first and sometimes send a "bonus" bag of fish that were not ordered.

Trust me; I know from experience that most employees and even proprietors will not listen seriously to a rude or irate customer. Besides, the store may genuinely be innocent, so there's no point in being nasty or raising your voice.


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